keynote speakers

 Chin-Kun Wang

Prof. Dr. Chin-Kun Wang is a distinguished professor in Chung Shan Medical University, Former President of International Society for Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods (ISNFF), Fellow of International Academy of Food Science & Technology; ISNFF, honorary president of Nutrition Society of Taiwan, Chair, Global Incident Alert Network, Global Harmonization Initiative. He got his MD, Ph.D. degree from National Taiwan University and worked at Chung Shan Medical University in 1993. In 1996, he promoted as a full professor, and then took the positions of the Chair, Dean, Vice President and President in Chung Shan Medical University. His research work is focused on human clinical trials and human metabolism of medicine, nutritional supplement, nutraceuticals, herbs, and functional foods. He got the National Award of Biomedicine for his great contribution to the medical education in 2008. He was also honored as 2012-20 Who’s who in the world, Who’s who in Asia, and 2009-2010, 2011-19 Who’s who in Medicine and Healthcare. He also got the awards of outstanding research from several societies from 2009 to 2020. Dr. Chin-Kun Wang was the former president of Nutrition Society of Taiwan (from 2009 to 2012). For food safety and nutrition, he promoted the legislation for school sanitary law and national nutrition law. During the food safety problem in Taiwan, he jointed as a director of ILSI Taiwan and Chair of Global Harmonization Initiative to communicate with the media and press. He believes that scientific evidence is the best support for food safety and world nutrition problem. In the future, he tries his best to work together with the scientists around the world by network.


Presentation title: Food bioactives and gastric health

 keynote speakers

 Alex Evans

Professor Evans is Dean of Agriculture, Head of the School of Agriculture & Food Science, and Professor of Animal Physiology in University College Dublin, Ireland. He has degrees from Nottingham University (UK), the University of Saskatchewan (Canada) and the National University of Ireland. He has attracted considerable research funding, supervised 39 graduate students, published over 145 peer reviewed papers, served as Co-Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Animal Reproduction Science and is Vice President of the Association for European Life Science Universities (ICA). He has conducted research on a wide range of topics focusing on reproduction and fertility in cattle and sheep. Since becoming Dean, he has become more interested in sustainable agriculture and food production.


Presentation title: The challenges facing Agricultural and Life Sciences Universities

 keynote speakers

 Klaus Ehrlich

 MBA (Diplom-Kaufmann)

Klaus Ehrlich studied Economics - Business Administration at the University of Siegen (Germany) from 1976-1983, with one year at the University of Sevilla (81/82). Co-founder and manager of several entrepreneur associations related with rural tourism in Spain (RAAR, AHRA) from 1991 until 2006. Since 2002 he has been responsible for the management of EuroGites – European Federation of Rural Tourism as general secretary. Involved in working groups and consultative bodies at the European Commission related with tourism, rural development, and digital economy.

Professional experience relates to managing private trade organisations, representing and providing advisory services to micro- and nano tourism services. Special expertise in fostering sustainable local development through tourism, engagement and cooperation with the local communities, digital economy, vocational training concepts, research and follow-up of visitor’s quality perception, and development of nature or culture-based tourism products. Overall responsible for the organisation and content of the 6 editions of the European Congress on Rural Tourism www.europeanrtcongress.org since 2003, and of the conferences con Sustainable Tourism for Rural Development http://strd2019.org. Participation in working groups and consultative bodies of the European Union such as the Civil Dialogue Group on Rural Development, the Charter for Sustainable Tourism in Europe, work group on rural businesses, skills in tourism, and other expert groups. Professional contacts in 25 countries, including transitional and developing economies, which allows drawing on a wide scope of both theoretical and practical experiences at all stages of sustainable tourism development.


Presentation title: The contribution of tourism to vital rural areas

 keynote speakers

 Milen Georgiev

Milen I. Georgiev holds a PhD in biotechnology from the Stephan Angeloff Institute of Microbiology (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences). He has 17+ years of experience in natural products field and has published in excess of 130 papers. He has delivered 50+ invited lectures in 20 different countries.

Milen holds several grants from the NSF of Bulgaria and framework programmes of European Union (incl. H2020 – PlantaSYST project, well-funded with 30 million Euro). At present, he coordinates the project SusMAPWaste @ USAMV in Bucharest (Romania).

In 2011 and 2015 he was awarded by the Bulgarian Government with Pythagoras award for outstanding scientist, besides “Marin Drinov” award (2009) and highly cited paper award (2018) of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.

Milen serves as an Associate Editor of Phytomedicine and Food and Chemical Toxicology (both published by Elsevier), and on the Editorial boards of Biotechnology Letters (Springer), Chinese Medicine (Springer Nature) and Molecules (MDPI), also prepared 10 Guest Editorials for major journals on biotechnology and natural products fields. Serving as a chairman he established the International Conference on Natural Products Utilization: from Plants to Pharmacy Shelf (ICNPU), which had four issues so far. The latest ICNPU edition was well-attended with 330+ participants from 50 different countries (www.icnpu.com/2019).

His current research focuses on the biosynthesis of fine molecules and the development of biotechnological tools for their sustainable mass production along with the application of emerging platforms for comprehensive metabolite profiling (i.e. NMR-based metabolomics) and biochemometrics (chemometrics in tandem with anti-inflammatory, immunoregulatory and anti-obesity assays).


Presentation title: From plants to pharmacy shelf: can we accelerate this long journey?

 keynote speakers

 Hans van Ek

Hans van Ek is working for the Netherlands Enterprise Agency, agency working for amongst others the the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Hans is involved in circular economy and waste management aid and trade projects worldwide, including circular agriculture projects.

He used to work for and is Ambassador to Holland Circular Hotspot.


Presentation title: Circular economy and agriculture in the Netherlands

 keynote speakers

 Per Sjögren-Gulve

Per Sjögren-Gulve earned his PhD in Animal Ecology in 1988 and became Associate professor in Conservation Biology at Uppsala University (Sweden) in 1995. Since 1996 he is Principal research officer at the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency where he is, for example, the agency’s representative in the Pan-European research consortium BiodivERsA (www.biodiversa.org). He is specialist in metapopulation biology, Population Viability Analysis, modelling based on statistical analysis, conservation genetics, and in model-based species status assessment according to the EU Habitats Directive’s Article 17. In parallel with prof. Ilkka Hanski, he pioneered metapopulation modelling in the 1990s using statistical methods to discern predictors of the metapopulation dynamics. He is life-time member of the Society for Conservation Biology, and member of the IUCN Species Survival Commission’s specialist groups for Conservation Genetics (CGSG) and Connectivity Conservation (CCSG). He is also land-owner in southern Sweden, with property where Natura-2000 species occur.


Presentation title: Metapopulation dynamics and extinction in pristine habitats – a demographic explanation relevant for agricultural and forest landscapes

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 Petros Roussos

Associate Professor of Pomology at Agricultural University of Athens, Department of Crop Science, member of the editorial board of five international journals, and awarded as top referee for 2006 by Scientia Horticulturae. Have served as Deputy Director of the GLP certified trial unit of Hellafarm SA for three years. Scientific responsible in over 15 national projects and member in three international ones. Chairman of the forthcoming Conference in 2021 of the Hellenic Horticultural Society. My research interests are among others, cultural practices and their effects on fruit tree yield and quality, vegetative plant propagation, abiotic stress responses and mitigation strategies, while a great part of my research focuses on olive, apricot and fig. Have published over 50 articles in international journals and conferences.


Presentation title: Climate change impacts on fruit trees and mitigation strategies of adverse effects

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 Silvana Nicola

Prof. Dr. Silvana Nicola has an MSc in Agricultural Science, from the University of Turin, Italy (1988), and a PhD in Horticulture, from the University of Florida, USA (1997). Silvana Nicola is Full Professor at the University of Turin, Italy, and research leader in Vegetable Crops and Medicinal & Aromatic Plants (VEGMAP). Her present professional activities include teaching on vegetable, medicinal and aromatic plant crops and production chains at BSc, MSc and PhD level at the University of Turin and at other universities. Dr. Nicola has been supervisor of domestic and foreign PhD students and Postdoctoral fellows, visiting from several countries, external examiner of MSc and PhD students, and professors for several universities. Her present research focuses on the effect of pre-harvest environmental factors on quality and safety of fresh and fresh-cut produce, especially leafy vegetables and culinary herbs grown with advanced soilless systems, on fresh-cut produce chain and aromatic plant production and post-harvest processes. Bioactive compound synthesis in plants due to fertilization management and abiotic stresses on quality at harvest and post-harvest quality decay and shelf-life is a current field of studies. Dr. Nicola has worked since 1988 in Horticultural Science and Development on seedling and transplant biology and physiology, soil and soilless culture, protected cultivations, pre- and post-harvest handling and processing, post-harvest physiology and technology, quality and safety, and supply chain management. As leader of VEGMAP, she has developed in her lab two Lab Scale Pilot Plants (LSPP) for hydroponic cultivation, a Floating Growing System and a New Growing System and she is developing a third LSPP for indoor farming, a Container Farm.


Presentation title: Water use efficiency in greenhouse systems and its application in horticulture